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Final Full Pad Practice Before Spring Game
The Flames will not dress in full pads again until the Spring Game on Saturday afternoon. Today was an up-tempo practice as the Flames covered all situations that would come up in the course of a regular game.
"We covered a lot of things today which was really encouraging," said head coach Danny Rocco. "We covered all our down and distance situations, field zone situations such as red zone, goal line, 1st-2nd-3rd-down situations, as well as third and short."
A new addition late into spring practice was working 12-play drives. This drill gave both the offense and defense the feeling of being on the field for long periods of time. "I wanted to give the guys some extended play to force them to focus and execute when they got tired late in a drive," stated Rocco.
A highlight during the 12-play drive drill was a 33-yard completion from Brock Smith to Brandon Turner with tremendous coverage by Kent Hicks. Turner reached out his left hand to deflect the pass toward his body as Hicks sat on his hip.
The Flames concluded today's practice with David Drake kicking field goals, including connecting on a 40-yard attempt to close practice.
The Flames will have their final practice of the spring prior to the Spring Game tomorrow at Williams Stadium. The workout will be without pads and will be a walk through of everything worked on this spring in preparation of Saturday's game.
Flame Facts From Today's Practice:
• The Flames are healthy entering the final two days of spring practice and look to have a crisp, sharp Spring Game and hope to execute and come out of Saturday healthy.
• Vince Redd continues to be a hand full on defense. Redd knocked down several passes and forced the offense to rethink how they would attack.
• Receiver play continues to be a highlight of the spring. The passing game has been rejuvenated this spring and will lead to more of a quick strike offense this fall.
• The Spring Game will feature the first team offense going against the first team defense, while the second team offense will go against the second team defense.
• There will be a unique scoring process. The offense will score points when they score as well as for first downs. The defense will score points based on a set criteria for stops on downs, takeaways, sacks etc.
• The point system that will be used on Saturday has been used in Spring Games for schools such as Oklahoma, Arkansas and Virginia.